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Kommunikasie as metode om verpleegsorg te verbeter

G. Postmus
Curationis | Vol 7, No 2 | a876 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v7i2.876 | © 1984 G. Postmus | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 1984 | Published: 28 September 1984

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G. Postmus, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

With the large number of patients in particularly academic hospital wards and the shortage of nursing staff total patient care is not possible. This is leading to increasing task-orientation and a widening of communication gaps which are affecting the quality of nursing care. One of the main problems is that it is impossible for nurses to remember all the details given during the regular reports off by heart. Neither does the nurse know which regular oral medications each patient is receiving. The nurse is thus unable to make the required observations while doing patient care and does not provide the necessary feedback. The author suggests a simple system, based mainly on the use of patient bed lists and a note book carried by each nurse to improve communication and achieve a higher standard of nursing care within a short period.

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